Our Best in Beauty Awards judges have searched high and low for the most affordable products on the market, and have have found these budget beauty buys for you.
We’ve grouped the products into categories so you can buy the essentials that best suit your beauty need and budget.
All your hand and nail must-haves
Total cost: Under R160
Best Base Coat
According to beauty judge in the know, Liz Ferrett, Essence Studio Nails Pro White Active, R39,95 is “the best I’ve tried by far. It kept my nails really white, even after using bright and dark polishes”.
Best Hand Cream
It’s been a handbag staple for years, but it’s good to know it’s still at the top of its game. Vaseline Healthy Hand & Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion, R29,95 for 75ml, was the clear winner in the “Best Hand Cream” category.
Best Cuticle Care
“Probably the best cuticle product I have ever used,” judge Aesthetic GP Natasha Chapman says of Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil, R89,95. “It’s great for softening dry, ragged cuticles.”
Best products for your face
Total cost: Under R450
Best Gel Cleanser
Environ B-Active Sebuwash Cleanser, R160 for 100ml is a salon-approved choice for beautifully cleansed but moisturised skin.
“I love the cooling gel texture. It lathered beautifully, and removed every ounce of dirt without drying my skin,” says beauty writer, Grace Mantjiu.
Best Day Cream
Our readers voted for pharmacy staple L’Oréal Revitalift Filler Renew Replumping Day Care, R284,95 for 50ml as their “Best Day Cream”.
One reader commented: “My skin looks fresh; a winner at the price.”
Best Make-up Products
Total cost: Under R450
Best Easy Wear Product For Lips
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate, R99,95, is supermodel approved by Kate Moss.
“I adore this nude hue. It’s my new everyday staple,” says professional make-up artist Storm Catherine Pass.
Yardley XXX Volume Mascara, R129,95 gave our judges’ eye lashes runway volume without the price tag.
Judge and TV presenter Thabile Ngweto commented: “It gave me longer-looking lashes in one sweep”.
The affordable Max Factor Miracle Match Blur & Nourish Foundation, R219,95 for 30ml is a winner in the “Best-Buy Base” category because it’s not only budget, but it works too!
Makeup artist and judge Storm Catherine Pass concurs, “Fantastic coverage that minimises pores”.
Best hair and body
Total cost: Under R220
Best Body Oil
With its modest price tag, you wouldn’t believe that Bio-Oil, R69,95 for 60ml, is causing such a stir in the beauty world, but the rave reviews keep on coming with one reader saying: “I use this for everything, but mostly as a light facial moisturiser”.
Our Beauty Editor Tracey Kroukamp uses Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Serum, R69,95 for 50ml to protect her hair from styling damage. “I’m using this as a heat protector to prevent damage. A little goes a long way.”
Best Game Changer
For a flake-free scalp, our readers recommend: Head & Shoulders Moisturizing Scalp Care Shampoo, R69,99 for 250ml.
One reader even said: “No more dandruff. My sensitive scalp is so healthy!”
Best Budget Anti-ageing Buys
Total cost: Under R180
Pond’s is ageless Kylie Minogue’s go-to face cream brand.
With its purse-friendly price tag, Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGen Day Cream, R169,95 for 50ml got our judges votes for “Best-Value Anti-Ager”.
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